Fantasy Football: Some Waiver Wire Options Heading into Week 13
Eagles rookie running back Bryce Brown delivered for fantasy owners that picked him up off waivers last week.
Against the Panthers on Monday Night Football, Brown, the team's seventh-round pick, rushed for a career-high 178 yards and two touchdowns. Although he lost two fumbles in the game, he finished with 26 fantasy points and led all running backs in fantasy points last week.
According to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, LeSean McCoy is still in Phase 1 of the five-phase process to return from the concussion he suffered in Week 11.
Based on the assumption that McCoy misses at least another game, Brown, owned in 41 percent of Yahoo! leagues, remains a strong option for fantasy owners off the waiver wire. That said, he won't appear on the list below since he was on my waiver wire list last week.
Players that appear on this waiver wire list need to satisfy two criteria: (1) they are owned in 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues or less and (2) they were not on last week's waiver wire list. And, of course, they are worth adding to your squad(s).
Here are some other players to consider adding to your roster (Yahoo! league ownership in parenthesis):
QB - Russell Wilson, Seahawks (21 percent)
Although Wilson is averaging only 186.5 passing yards per game this year, he has turned into a solid, if not spectacular, fantasy quarterback. Since Week 6, Wilson has multiple touchdowns in five of six games. During that span, he has compiled a 12:2 touchdown-to-interception ratio.
While he has been playing well, his remaining schedule through Week 16 is certainly tough. He has only one favorable matchup, and that's in Buffalo on December 16. In other words, it's possible that Mother Nature could make his only favorable matchup less fantasy-friendly due to bad weather conditions. His other three matchups are against Chicago, Arizona and San Francisco.
QB - Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins (Nine percent)
While Wilson has mostly unfavorable matchups on his remaining schedule, it's the opposite for Tannehill. With the exception of the 49ers, Tannehill faces New England (twice counting Week 17), Jacksonville and Buffalo.
Unlike Wilson, however, Tannehill has not played nearly as well. He has thrown only two touchdowns and six interceptions in his past three games.
RB - Rashad Jennings, Jaguars (39 percent)
Jennings should once again be the Jaguars' starting running back, and the timing could not be much better. While Jalen Parmele took the starting job from Jennings, the Jaguars placed Parmele on season-ending injured reserve today, which gives Jennings another shot.
This week, the Jaguars face the Bills, who allow more fantasy points to opposing running backs than any other team in the league.
RB - Knowshon Moreno, Broncos (23 percent)
While many expected it to be Ronnie Hillman or even Lance Ball that benefited the most from Willis McGahee's (knee) absence, it has been Moreno, the team's former first-round pick, who has benefited most.
Moreno carried the ball 20 times for 85 yards and had four receptions for 26 yards last week. Meanwhile, Hillman and Ball combined for three carries.
RB - Daniel Thomas, Dolphins (26 percent)
While Reggie Bush led the team in carries (14) and rushing yards (87) on Sunday, Thomas just missed having his fifth game of the season with double-digit carries.
Not only did he score his fourth rushing touchdown of the season, Thomas (18) has more than twice as many carries inside the red zone than Bush (eight).
RB - David Wilson, Giants (15 percent)
With Andre Brown (fibula) out for the season, Wilson is only an Ahmad Bradshaw injury away from a major role. Either way, Wilson should get more work with Brown out of the picture for the rest of the year.
The Giants used their first-round pick on Wilson, who looked good during the preseason but never seemed to gain the coaching staff's trust back after fumbling his second regular-season carry.
RB - Bilal Powell, Jets (Four percent)
In his past two games, Powell has 23 carries for 82 yards and, more importantly, three touchdowns. With limited options in the passing game, the Jets should continue to Powell a decent workload, even if Shonn Greene continues to get the lion's share of the workload.
RB - Jacquizz Rodgers, Falcons (43 percent)
Last week, Rodgers tied his season high of 10 carries while Michael Turner had only 13 carries. In his past three games, Turner has 41 carries for a paltry 78 yards (1.90 yards per carry).
In his past four games, Rodgers is averaging more than 60 yards from scrimmage and might continue to see an expanded workload due to Turner's recent struggles.
If so, a larger workload could not come at a better time. This week, the Falcons face the Saints, who have allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season.
WR - Jeremy Kerley, Jets (37 percent)
In the team's past five games, Kerley has had double-digit targets three times. Last week, he finished with seven receptions for 86 yards. While he hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 3, Kerley is on pace for 966 yards this season.
After their Week 13 matchup against the Cardinals, the Jets face the Jaguars, Titans, Chargers and Bills in their final four games, all of whom rank in the top-half in the league in most fantasy points allowed to wide receivers.
WR - Chris Givens, Rams (Eight percent)
Since Week 4, Givens has had at least six games with 50-plus receiving yards. Last week, Givens had the best game of his career with five receptions for 115 yards and a touchdown.
Like Kerley, Givens and the Rams have a tough matchup this week (49ers), but then a series of favorable matchups against the Bills, Vikings and Buccaneers for the fantasy playoffs.
WR - Mohamed Sanu, Bengals (Four percent)
While Bengals stud receiver A.J. Green saw his 10-game scoring streak end on Sunday, Sanu extended his scoring streak to three games. In fact, he scored twice last week.
Although he has yet to reach 50 receiving yards in any game, Sanu had season highs of five receptions and nine targets last week.
WR - Mike Thomas, Lions (Zero percent)
With Titus Young benched on Thanksgiving for his "unacceptable behavior," Thomas got the start opposite Calvin Johnson and scored a touchdown. He finished with only two receptions on six targets, but it is certainly possible that Young stays in the team's doghouse and that Thomas continues sees many of the snaps that would go to Young.
TE - Dallas Clark, Buccaneers (16 percent)
Against the Chargers in Week 10, Clark had only one target but it was good for a three-yard touchdown. Since that game, Clark has been more involved in the team's passing offense. In his past two games, Clark has 11 receptions (on 15 targets) for 123 yards and a touchdown.
Players on last week's waiver-wire list that are still worth adding: Colin Kaepernick, Chad Henne, James Starks, Bryce Brown, Beanie Wells, Danario Alexander, Josh Gordon, Justin Blackmon, Cecil Shorts, T.Y. Hilton, Ryan Broyles, Brandon Myers
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